Drummer Dave Lombardo Fired from Slayer for Upcoming Tour, Replacement Announced

Drummer Dave Lombardo has been fired from Slayer โ€” at least the band’s upcoming tour of Australia.

Lombardo, who has enjoyed three stints behind the Slayer skins โ€” 1981 to ’86; ’87 to ’92; and ’02 until just recently โ€” posted a memo on his Facebook page last night to share the news that he was being replaced for the tour.

Metal Sucks reports that Lombardo has been replaced by Joe Dette for tour. Dette played with Slayer and Testament in the ’90s.

Here’s Lombardo’s entire statement:

“I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums.

So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.

Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer’s tour income was being deducted as expenses including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band’s business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my bandmates know, and Tom [Araya] and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary back up documents.

I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet, had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full year’s sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a long form contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order.

Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry [King] and Tom to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for Slayer to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best…play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasn’t interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer.

On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 pm as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 pm I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates.

I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the 3 of us original Slayer members.

I look forward to seeing you in the future.

Dave Lombardo”

Metal Sucks reports that Lombardo has been replaced by drummer Jon Dette for the tour. Dette played with Slayer and Testament in the ’90s. Stay tuned for more updates as they develop!


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347514179 Nicholas Mclaughlin

    sounds like kerry king has complete financial control and has something to hide and he also is a fucking pussy for being such a bitch about it and not saying it to his face having suits do your dirty work is about the least badass thing you can do in the industry kerry king is not even that good anymore slayer has gotten worse and worse over the years it looks to me like instead of hanging it up when your on top of your game he is going to fizzle out in a blaze of ego and shitty guitar solos

  • http://www.facebook.com/patty.stamper.714 Patty Stamper

    My beloved Slayer….Wtf? You don’t just replace Lombardo like that-what a slap in the face! Not only that, but if Jeff doesnt return there IS no Slayer….please please work it out guys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ernesto.catalan Ernesto Catalan

    Is that so Kerry? I didn’t know you OWNED the Slayer name and brand, and if that’s so, what’s wrong with sharing profits with an ORIGINAL MEMBER such as Dave??? I’m a true fan, what makes situation all the more sad for me. Sad because I’m watching one of my guitar heroes become an old, greedy, bold fuck!!!

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  • BrianLeh

    You guys know his name his Jon, not Joe. Right? Haha

    • MetalTheKid

      lol, word!

  • Gutao

    To be honest i was tought kerry was a duche bag…

  • metalhead

    Its gonna be hard but till kerry king stops being an ass i will never see them live or buy their music again. its hard but fans should do the same unless dave is lying about the issue

  • Khelos

    Get it together! What kind of decision is it to let one of the best
    thrash drummers go?! First Bill Ward gets the shaft from Sabbath, and
    now this! Fuck $$$! Play music! m/666m/

  • Dennis

    Fricking lame. Sucks when the business side takes over. Assuming what Dave is saying is all true (always two sides to every story) shame on Kerry and Tom. Work this shit out boys. One has to wonder though what type of contract Dave had the past few years too though to prevent something like this happening.

  • MetalTheKid

    WHO THE HELL IS JOE DETTE??? is that Jon’s brother?

  • mondo1908

    when metal needs you the most to keep the tradition alive you go and do this??? sounds like some metallica dave mustain shit… at least james had the ball to tell dave he was out of the band fuck you kerry you prick

  • Iparatroop

    I saw Slayer with Bostaph and I saw them with Lombardo. Lombardo has left the band before and they carried on without him. Who’s to say that’s not the case this time? Dave? You have one side of the story here.

  • genesimmonsisabitch

    Kerry King is an absolute douchebag and a gutless pussy! He’s obviously the one behind the financial facade and to not have the guts to at least the man to his face is the ultimate bitch move. I saw Slayer last year with the Mayhem tour and Dave played amazing. To me, Dave is among one of the best Metal drummers still playing. Kerry on the other was sloppy and was, as usual, indifferent to the crowd. Plus, Gary Holt seemed to outplay and, as far as the crowd is concerned, outperformed Kerry at every turn. Kerry’s just a dick, plain and simple and this doesn’t help matters. He all but said they didn’t need Hanneman in an interview last year because “I do all the writing for Slayer anyway, I just have to teach Jeff when he finally comes in”. Modest too, huh? He came to a music shop in our town that was having a “Build-a-Band” seminar the day it focused on Metal. It was for kids and the average age was around 12, with the highest being 16. Kerry dropped the F-bomb every 5min, talked about women and weed and barely covered playing at all. Dude’s a bitch, sorry!

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  • shan howe

    Sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me!!I dont blame dave.You work your ass off and some scumbag mother fucker is getting more money than the 4 members?Thats fuckin crazy!!Unless someone in the band knows more than the rest?Kerry seems pretty sure of the situation doesnt he?Its happen before just ask the scorpions about their bass player?

  • ThatMetalGirl

    This fuckin blows. Seems like there’s something real shady going on. Hope they can get it together because Dave’s one of my favorite drummers of all time and Slayer just ain’t the same without him. Can’t believe they’re even going through this crap at this point in their career. Sad. Great, now you’ve ruined my high and I’m going to bed. Fuckit. >:(

  • freedumb

    Stop buying Slayer CD`s!
    GRIP INC. a go go!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nawaf.albardooli Nawaf Albardooli

    sorry ill not refer to kerry king with the king, 1st he want to make an album without the 2nd guitarist whom better then him and now he fires the drummer the best drummer ever i remember back in the 90s when the drummer left i felt that they will not make it but i was wrong they found a killer replacement but this time around i dont think that they can find another drummer that can fill this drummer boots and they were better again with the return of lombardo

  • http://www.facebook.com/tayaweshome Joe Passineau

    Its awesome how money is corrupting good music now too. Get it together you fucking idiots. Slayer, and other bands from this time period, were some of the last greats, and were respectable because they were still doing what they loved BECAUSE they loved it. This is so disappointing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rich.dudley.393 Rich Dudley

    I don’t blame Lombardo in wanting to get paid and it obviously seems like KK has stuff he’s hiding. Lombardo comes across as a decent dude too. He’s an awesome drummer that’s for sure.

    Disappointed that I am reading this cheesy ugliness about a band I have always loved.

    Die by the sword, Dave!

  • mr sinister

    ok two sides to every story well we heard daves whens kerry going to spill it . sure sounds kinda shady to me . at least dave sounded like he was open to returning so hopefully they will get this shit straightend out. plan b if it is kerry being a douche fire him bring back dave and jeff ask gary holt to stay on

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  • cromag88

    I have mad respect for all that Lombardo has done. That being said, Paul is an absolute fucking animal behind the kit and he blows Dave away. Besides that, Dave comes across as somewhat of a whiny bitch. I mean, he has voluntarily quit Slayer twice in the past anyways. Besides his bad ass drumming, he doesnt really seem to fit in or to get on with any of the other guys in the band. Good luck to you Dave, welcome back Paul!!!

  • James

    Kerry Faggot. Will never go to any of the slayer show.